Loyola-Chicago 73, SIU-Edwardsville 72

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Loyola-Chicago survived a frantic closing seconds and snapped a two-game losing streak with a 73-72 win over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Sunday afternoon in Portland, Ore.

The Ramblers (3-4) thus salvaged one win in the Portland State Tournament after losing by four points to the tournament host and by three in overtime to UC-Davis.

SIU-Edwardsville (1-5) lost all three of its games in the round-robin affair.

The Ramblers took a 73-70 lead with 1:20 left in the game but saw the Cougars make it a one-point game on Donivine Stewart's jumper with 1:02 remaining. Stewart also was fouled but missed the free throw.

The Ramblers lost the ball with 37 seconds left, but after a timeout with 31.2 seconds on the clock, the Cougars had to rush to beat the shot clock and Stewart missed a hurried jumper.

Matt O'Leary rebounded for Loyola and went to the foul line with 3.8 seconds left. He missed both his opportunities, but Christian Salecich's desperation 3-pointer missed for SIU-Edwardsville.

Both teams shot well with Loyola shooting 57.1 percent from on 28-of-49 shooting from the field and SIU-Edwardsville 50.9 percent on 27-of-53 shooting.

The Ramblers had four players in double figures with Christian Thomas, Jeff White, and O'Leary sharing top honors with 14 points each. Nick Osborne had 10.

SIU-Edwardsville's Stewart led all scorers with 22 points. Michael Messer with 14 was the only other Cougar in double figures.

The Ramblers now have a week between games before going back on the road next Sunday at Mississippi State. SIU-Edwardsville stays on the West Coast to play Oregon State on Tuesday night

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